Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Truth About Disabilities And Health Reform | The New Republic

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Harold Pollack

Will people with disabilities suffer if health reform becomes reality? Sarah Palin famously made that case in August. And quite a few people seem to believe her. To get a more informed perspective on this, I sat down to speak with Lisa Iezzoni, MD.

Iezzoni is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Institute for Health Policy. Among her areas of expertise is “risk adjustment”--an arcane-sounding term which basically entails looking at how much it costs to take care of people in different states of health, and then adjusting payments (to doctors, to hospital, to insurers) based on that.

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